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Bye Bye Adobe Flash Player

I first started using the internet back in 1996 when my mum brought a Compaq Presario with it’s built-in 28.8BPS modem and that lovely electronic dial sound when you connected to the internet.

Some of the first things I remember was connecting to Compuserve, a group of forums to connect, chat, exchange idea’s. I also had one game called Panzer General which had this option play by mail. Sending details of your movements to friends over email. Waiting hours for the counter attack!

Then came the webpages! In the web browser there was an option where you can view the source code of how the webpages were created, this is how I learned HTML and it was a pretty easy computer language to learn. Then I learned CSS and after that I found adobe plugins. This is where I was able to do web animation, I didn’t do a lot, but some fun stuff and Flash Player could play that. All the way back in 1996.

So recently when I saw that Adobe were ending the life cycle of the Flash Player, I actually felt somewhat sad to hear this. This little piece of software has been a mainstay for a long time. Adobe arrived with the boom, and survived the burst. It most likely played videos from 30 seconds of animation to 30 minutes or more of a documentary. You will be missed Flash Player, but you will not be forgotten.

Train line walk Mill Hill East to Mill Hill

In the 1930s Mill Hill East tube station ran through all the way to Edgware tube station with one station called Mill Hill the Hale which didn’t last very long at all. This station was adjacent to Mill Hill Broadway station.

I’ve lived in the area for over 10 years now and I’ve finally walked round and did the first part of the route.

If you come out of Mill Hill East tube station you can walk round and up to see where the track finishes, then you can follow where the line would have gone through. A few bridges aline the route, then you walk between Metro golf course on one side with a football power league centre on the other side. Finally the end of the route terminates into Page Street.

Second underpass
A blocked underpass under Page Street

I took some other photos of graffiti but not enough of the route. The are lots of trees on either side. On the other side of Mill Hill there is Lyndhurst Park, from there you can walk all the way through to Edgware to continue the train line route and I would like to walk that next time.

Google Local Guide socks!

A good while back when I first used google maps I noticed a number of things wrong locally so I decided to fix some bad pointing, reported a few businesses which no longer exist and provided a few reviews on some local restaurants. I really don’t know how long it had been or what criteria I completed on the local google guide but I got an email saying I had earned some socks!

At first I thought this was a joke or spam, so I did a web search, surprisingly on google! And I saw that many people have earned their socks. So I went back to the email checked and it looked safe enough. I thought it would ask me to pay for P&P but no it didn’t only my address! So I guess in my view I took a gamble.

Three weeks later…

They arrived!

They said one size, so at first I thought they looked a bit big, but they fit my UK size 7 feet fine. I am rather happy with them, not bad for a little freebie.

In case people are interested they are made of 69% cotton, 29% Polyamide and 2% Elastane. Hopefully they won’t become itchy! I nearly always wear 100% cotton!!

Star Wars Squadrons without the playstation!

I pre-ordered Star Wars Squadrons a while back because I am a big Star Wars fan, however I’ve sent my PS4 to Sony because I’ve been having problems with the machine. Originally my PS4 stopped all-together and didn’t work or load up at all. So I had sent it to be repaired. Now it’s back there and I got a new game here and no machine to play it on!! 😦

There is irony here, somewhere!

Cobra Kai and Karate Kid

Yesterday I watched the final few episodes of Cobra Kai and boy did the last episode of season two turn into a war zone in the school. I am not sure I’ve ever seen anything else like it.

The character development really draws you in from the start. Johnny who was the bad guy in the first film is really the main character here. You are drawn in and you really do feel for the guy. His problems feel real, but his bad luck comes and goes with some good luck and more bad luck.

As the show went on you get drawn in and feel more involved, there are very few programs on TV which have this. Game of Thrones had you and this does as well.

Another aspect of Cobra Kai is the Romeo and Juliet story, with two different characters falling in love with each other from rival families. And if you watch carefully, there are three different RoJ stories in the show.

Now because of watching that, today I’ve just watched Karate Kid, 1, 2 and 3 on Amazon Prime and realised I’ve actually never seen the third one. I enjoyed the films but on each one I felt there could of been more of a solid ending.

If you’re a fan of the original films and have Netflix I highly recommend watching the show.

Take a knee?

Since the American quarter back took a knee in protest, this symbol has spread around the would as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

I never truly understood why people want to follow this pattern. As in old English and the time of shivery, one takes a knee to show respect, take an honour and to serve. Before royalty one takes a knee to receive an honour such as a knighthood.

To receive in honour.  To serve.

So why are we changing an age old custom to suit a new modern interpretation? The Cambridge English dictionary have added this action, this summary to their dictionary.

Have we changed that much that we are willing to throw out the old meanings? Has modern vocabulary now change? I don’t know about how others interpret this, I am certainly not keen to see such action. I still see, to bow before, or take a knee and interpret that towards “to serve” even it’s with honour.

We want to break the bonds of servitude, treat others how you want to be treated by others. I find the movement for Black Lives Matter hypocritical, as I believe that all lives matter. And I am against taking a knee, we should all stand together as equals and bend to no man.

Batwoman is boring me!

I’ve been watching the new TV series of Batwoman. I have enjoyed Arrow and the Flash shows, didn’t like Supergirl that much and some of the others.. Well they were not working for me.

I was up to episode ten of season one, but now I’ve decided to give up. It pains me to say it, but I am finding the show really boring. There is only one nemesis for Batwoman, the same old premises of saving Gotham from evil. It’s a dry feeling, the character development, well, not much of a back story really.

In Arrow, the main character of Oliver Queen, there were several dimensions, the darkness, impact of loss, anger. With Batwoman, there is… Batwoman, then Kate Kane with her sweet smile. You see her love interests, a little bit of something else. With Batman there was always mystery. With Batwoman, there is none! This is a gimmicky like cold toast.

The one floor with Arrow was the poor sound quality of the show. Sadly with Batwoman is not only the poor sound quality but the calm of the whole thing. It’s feels action-less, the stupid aspect of applying social media trying to squeeze a picture, all those extra’s trying to take that photo with a mobile phone! Trying to be modern and up to date, everything is too clean, even the dirty places are clean.

I didn’t even mind that she was gay, that didn’t freak me out, but for me there is no good story here, and I am giving up.